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Welcome to St Thomas

This gem in the US Virgin Islands welcomes visitors with sun, sand, and shopping—all the essentials. The capital, Charlotte Amalie, bustles with a jumble of small streets lined with colonial buildings, duty-free shops, and restaurants where you can while the day away. Take a private or group city sightseeing tour to visit historic landmarks like Fort Christian Museum and Hotel 1829, and also explore the lookout at Drake’s Seat for a magnificent view. Then get ready for fun on a water adventure tour, ranging from kayaking and snorkeling, to scuba diving and stand-up paddleboarding. Or head with a group to impressive Caribbean beaches, including pristine Lindquist Beach, popular Magens Bay, and tranquil Hull Bay. Get up close to the blue sea on a tour that takes you sport fishing on St. Thomas; snorkeling with sea turtles; or diving in French Cap, Cow and Calf, and Eagle Shoals. Or ease into a peaceful kayak excursion through the mangrove lagoons. Thrill-seekers can try their hand at a parasailing flight that rewards with spectacular views. Day trips to other islands allow travelers to easily discover St. John’s vast national parkland and the British Virgin Islands’ natural pools and exotic sea life.

Top 10 attractions in St Thomas

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Sapphire Beach

Sapphire Beach

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Located on the eastern end of St. Thomas, Sapphire Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island. Featuring stellar views and a long stretch of pretty white sand, it’s an ideal beach for relaxing and sunbathing, snorkeling, and a variety of water sports. Numerous amenities and rentals make for an easy and enjoyable day out.More
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Mountain Top

Mountain Top

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Located at the top of St. Peter Mountain is the oldest, highest, and one of the most popular attractions on St. Thomas, the aptly named Mountain Top. Mountain Top features a massive duty free shop, a bar known for its banana daiquiris, and an observation deck that offers sweeping views over Magens Bay from 1,500 feet (457 meters.More
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Magens Bay

Magens Bay

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Thanks to its curving arc of white sand and its bright blue water, Magens Bay is St. Thomas’ most popular beach. The area is surrounded by forests and palm trees, and the bay offers calm waves for swimming and kayaking. For stunning views of the bay’s unusual rectangular shape and mile of beach, head to the nearby Mountain Top lookout.More
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Coki Beach

Coki Beach

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Coki Beach is considered St. Thomas’ party beach and is always full of families, revelers, and vendors. Snorkelers and scuba divers love the clear water and sea creatures here, while beach-goers enjoy the white sands, sunshine, and wandering vendors who offer drinks and snacks, souvenirs, sunscreen, and hair braiding.More
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Secret Harbour Beach Resort

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

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Located along the southeastern shore of St. Thomas, Secret Harbour Beach Resort is set in a secluded cove in Nazareth Bay. Featuring a pretty white sand beach and crystalline waters, it’s a popular spot for sunbathing, snorkeling, and other water sports, such as scuba diving, paddleboarding, and kayaking.More
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Water Island

Water Island

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Water Island officially joined the US Virgin Islands in 1996. The fourth and smallest isle of the four, it is by no means boring. At roughly 490 acres (200 hectares and home to approximately 175 inhabitants, Water Island remains relatively undeveloped and is a less touristed destination in the island chain offering idyllic beaches and lazy-day vibes.More
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Drake's Seat

Drake's Seat

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For one of the best views on St. Thomas, make the drive to the mountaintop perch at Drake’s Seat. Here you can keep lookout over Magens Bay and the British Virgin Islands, just as Sir Francis Drake was said to do from this very spot in order to catch pirates, privateers and invading naval ships approaching from the north via Drake’s Passage, also bearing his name. Today, this lookout point sports a stone platform with a bench atop it, and it’s a popular top for tour groups. The crowds mostly disperse by evening however, making Drake’s Seat an ideal spot to take in the sunset.More
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Coral World Ocean Park

Coral World Ocean Park

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One of the top family-friendly attractions in the US Virgin Islands, Coral World Ocean Park combines both indoor and outdoor observation facilities which showcase the region’s diverse and plentiful marine life. Highlights include the hermit crab, starfish, and sea cucumber touch pool and the 50,000-gallon Deep Reef Tank, home to moray eels, tarpon, and plenty of sharks.More
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Skytsborg Historical Park

Skytsborg Historical Park

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Known also as Blackbeard’s Castle, the Skytsborg Historic Park is one of St. Thomas’s most beautiful landmarks. The park contains, alongside life-sized bronze pirate statues, some of the most beautiful architecture and ocean views on the island. Situated scenically on a hilltop overlooking the harbor and surrounding sea, the park sits on five acres and includes multiple manor houses dating back to the 17th century. The houses collectively contain the largest display of authentic West Indian mahogany furniture, which is all handmade. The Villa Notman, Haagensen House and Hotel 1829 are listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesMarked paths allow for self-guided walking tours that tell the history of the area. The Skytsborg Tower is of particular interest, having been a 17th century Danish defense tower built to protect the harbor. There are also three pools, many terraces, and tropical gardens to explore throughout.More
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Fort Christian

Fort Christian

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A historic fortress built in the history-rich St. Thomas town of Charlotte Amalie, Fort Christian has been a cultural highlight here since 1672 and acts as one of the finest treasure troves of ancient artifacts in the small Caribbean island’s long history. This Danish-built fortress serves as a beautiful example of Dutch-Caribbean architecture in the Gothic-Revival style and as a modern-day museum.More

Top activities in St Thomas

50' Luxury Yacht. Private Full or Half Day Catamaran Snorkel, & Beach Experience
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Snorkel & Swim with Turtles. Semi Private Tour to Buck Island & Honeymoon Beach
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Circle the Island of St. John | Lunch stop at Lime Out (Taco Boat)
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Tree Limin' Extreme Zipline

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Recent reviews from experiences in St Thomas

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So glad we did this!
Emily_D, Jun 2022
The Best of St Thomas Private Sightseeing Tour
We would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the best of St Thomas!
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perfect sailing afternoon
David_Y, Apr 2022
Half Day Sail and Snorkel with the Turtles
A quintessential sail to see dolphins and sea turtles while enjoying our picturesque sailing experience around beautiful St Thomas.
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Highly recommend if you want excellent snorkling and food
John_S, Jan 2022
Circle the Island of St. John | Lunch stop at Lime Out (Taco Boat)
I was luckily enough to see nurse sharks, starfish, sea turtles and rays.
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awesome crew & experience
Jillian_L, Jun 2022
Snorkel St. John Tour from Sapphire and Margaritaville
Everyone on the boat had an amazing time and Judi was able to point us in the right direction to see amazing tropical fish and marine life.
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Best excursion!!
mlwainwright24, Jan 2022
Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas
The sail in itself was great, got to see amazing sights while sailing to the snorkel sight.
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Exploring St Thomas
Debra_G, Jan 2022
ST.Thomas Virgin Islands Private Tour with Pickup
Definitely recommend this tour for anyone looking to see many of the key points of St Thomas on your time schedule while enjoying Meghan’s Bay at the end and Ken was there to take us back.
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Perfect downtown tour!
Whitney_L, Jan 2022
St Thomas Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
I would DEFINITELY suggest this tour to anyone wanting to see downtown Charlotte Amalie.
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Gorgeous views
Kalin_H, Aug 2021
Shop, See, & Splash
It was so cool to see all of St Thomas and the views were gorgeous!
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St Thomas to St John, day sailing, snorkeling, swim with sea turtles and stringrays !
Nicole_P, Jun 2021
St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private
This adventure was wonderful on a beautiful summer day, sailing from St Thomas to St John return.
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Great tour, wonderful way to see St. Thomas
Karen_H, May 2021
Shop, See, & Splash
Great way to see St Thomas.
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Amazing Tour!
Dalia_D, Apr 2021
St Thomas Mangrove Lagoon Kayak and Snorkel Tour in the US Virgin Islands
Definitely recommend to visit them while visiting St Thomas.
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Breathtaking Views
PastorMonica, Mar 2021
St. Thomas Island Tour with Mountain Top and Magens Bay Beach
Mountaintop was a sight to see and of course the Banana Daquiri was amazing.
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Fun and adventurous
Karolis_S, Jan 2021
Flavors of St Thomas Walking Food Tour
One of the best activities we did at St Thomas during a week of stay there, highly recommend you’ll learn a few things
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best tour
Kimberly_R, Sep 2020
Shopping, Sightseeing and Swimming Excursion
She was excellent want to see st thomas this the tour, WE LOVED IT , Bring swimsuits she takes you to the beach
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Dinner cruise
Hermas_P, Jul 2020
Sunset Dinner Sail from the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
Was able to see a lot of St Thomas Harbor.
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Great snorkeling with incredible lunch and service
Matt_N, Jul 2021
Snorkel Cat Adventure
The crew took us to a couple good spots to see lots of sea life.
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The turtles were amazing!
Frances_H, May 2021
Illuminated Night Kayak from Marriott Frenchman's Cove Dock, US Virgin Islands
While researching TripAdvisor for things to do in St Thomas we came across Kayak After Dark.
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Great experience!
Peg_R, Mar 2021
USVI Private Boat Charters - New, Fast Powerboats for Half and Full Day
He took us to the St John area and directed us on where to snorkel to see some amazing sea life!
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A Must TO Do If First Time On St Thomas!
Jan_A, Feb 2021
Sights, Scenes, & Shopping Spree
We visited the Mountain Top and enjoyed fresh banana frozen daiquiri, had a great stop in downtown Charlotte Amali for wonderful shopping, and he even accommodated my special request to see Red Hook.
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PMS private snorkeling
Edward S, May 2019
Private Morning Half-Day Snorkeling Trip
We heard lots of stories about the area and were guided to some awesome reef areas where we were able to see many beautiful fish, a barracuda, a stingray and a sea turtle.
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People Also Ask

What is St. Thomas known for?

St. Thomas is known for its beautiful beaches and snorkeling spots, where a variety of sea life can be seen. It’s also known for the colonial-era architecture and shops and restaurants of the capital, Charlotte Amalie. St. Thomas is a popular port of call for Caribbean cruise ships.

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What is there to do in St. Thomas?

There’s lots to do in St. Thomas. Go swimming, snorkeling, diving, or standup paddleboarding at one of its beautiful beaches, or kayak among the mangroves. Take a tour to attractions like the Fort Christian Museum and Hotel 1829. In capital Charlotte Amalie, shop at duty-free boutiques and dine at restaurants in colonial-era buildings.

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Does St. Thomas have waterfalls?

Yes, there are some waterfalls on St. Thomas, particularly after rain. Check out the waterfalls at St. Peter Greathouse and Botanical Gardens, and the 40-foot falls along the Reef Bay Trail, a forested hiking area.

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How many days is enough in St. Thomas?

Many people visit St. Thomas for one or two days on a cruise, but around four days is recommended if you have the time and you want to unwind. The beaches could occupy you for days, and more active pursuits such as kayaking and diving can also be enjoyed. On extra days you could visit nearby national parks.

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What can you do for free in St. Thomas?

Free activities in St. Thomas include swimming and lounging on the beach (bring your own towel and umbrella), strolling the colonial-era neighborhoods of Charlotte Amalie, and hiking (or driving) up to Drake’s Lookout to take in the views.

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Is it expensive in St. Thomas?

Yes, St. Thomas is quite expensive. Almost all food is imported, which makes the cost of living and visiting St. Thomas relatively costly, whether you’re eating out or self-catering. Accommodation is most expensive at peak times such as the winter holiday period, but outside the busiest times you’ll find lower prices for accommodation and flights.

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